Made progress this weekend. I completed all of the ebony on both desks, and the desk "carcasses" are now complete (except for finish). Next up…the drawers.
I selected the rough mahogany boards for the drawers and marked-up the rough layouts on the boards. Next step is to plane the boards to final thickness. Hope to do that in the next few evenings.
I’m still experimenting with various finishes on scrap wood. I’m not sure what I want to use on the final pieces yet.